The picture on the left was circulating in my Facebook world today. When I saw it, I shared it immediately. These five reminders are just so beautifully simple. I would like to go to Metropolis, take a picture next to the Superman sign, and check out a little league game. I wonder if it effective.
The sign is posted at baseball fields and reads, Please Remember: 1. These are kids, 2. This is a game, 3. The coaches volunteer, 4. The Umpires are human, 5. You do not play for the Cardinals.
My daughter isn’t quite old enough to start playing, and I’m hoping she’s still a few years away from people taking it too seriously. I haven’t been to a lot of youth baseball games lately, but I’ve heard horror stories of adults behaving very poorly.
The sign got me thinking, what if I could use these same rules at church? What would they look like? It seemed like the sign on the left hit a nerve with a lot of people that participate in youth sports. I wonder if my sign will do the same with people that worship on a regular basis.
What the following was posted in your church, Please Remember: 1. We were all created in the image of God, 2. This is worship, 3. Visiting church is an act of courage, 4. Pastors are human, 5. You are not Jesus.
I love the Church. It can be a place of love, forgiveness, and hospitality. All too often it is not. What if this sign hung in our churches? Would it resonate? Would it make a difference?